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Tree of Salvation: Yggdrasil and the Cross in the North

G. Ronald Murphy


The book is a study of the evidence in art, artifact, architecture, and poetry that the myth of Yggdrasil, the cosmic tree of life associated with the gods, the runes, fate, and ragnarok in Norse/Germanic mythology, was associated in northern Christianity with the cross of Christ. The events of the story of Yggdrasil were seen as a kind of foreshadowing for the events in the New Testament, especially the crucifixion and resurrection, and the ultimate salvation of human beings from death and their corpses from the Nidhogg. Evidence for the religious association of the stories of Yggdrasil with ... More

Keywords: stave church, Yggdrasil, Viking cross, ragnarok, christmas tree, futhark, runes, Jelling stone, Dream of the Rood, Norse/Germanic mythology, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199948611
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199948611.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G. Ronald Murphy, author
Georgetown University